Varsity Sailing Coach

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Work type: Staff (Full-Time)
Location: Winter Park, FL
Categories: Athletics
Division: President

Position Summary:

This is a 10-month position (August – May) as the head coach of the Rollins College varsity sailing program, reporting to the Director of Sailing. The sailing program is a varsity program within the department of athletics that competes in regattas throughout the academic year as a part of ICSA. Responsibilities of the head coach of  the varsity sailing program include: elevating the competitiveness of the program, on-the-water coaching, instruction in race strategy and tactics, workout and practice organization, regatta management, ambitious recruitment of qualified student-athletes, mentoring team members, conforming to ICSA rules, assisting in fleet and facility maintenance, hosting special events and promoting the sailing program. 

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Teach and track the skills of competitive sailing from the fundamentals to the mental aspects necessary for success.
  • In coordination with the Director of Sailing, develop, implement and execute a recruiting plan. Responsible for working with the Admissions Department in recruiting quality student-athletes who can contribute to a competitive varsity program.  Recruiting will be in strict compliance with the rules and regulations of the Inter Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA), South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (SAISA) and college rules and regulations.
  • Continue to improve knowledge of sport, rules and regulations through conventions, clinics, seminars and self-education.
  • Responsible for minor repairs of the sailing fleet, work boats and boathouse within scope and expertise; work with facilities management, Director of Sailing and Athletic Director to coordinate other maintenance issues.
  • Administer, in coordination with the Director of Sailing, the budgetary guidelines set forth by the Athletic Director (A.D.) and the Finance Department.
  • Collaborate with the Athletic Communications liaison in making information available in a timely fashion and in promoting the sailing program.
  • Create schedule for intercollegiate competition and tournaments while minimizing missed class time.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Sailing and the Office/Travel coordinator in organizing all travel arrangements.
  • Organize training and preparation for coaching in practices and regattas as well as equipment and apparel.
  • Promote the physical and mental well-being of all program participants
  • Collaborate with Counseling and Psychological Services and/or Student Success regarding student-athletes socio-personal relationships; and academics.
  • Maintain communication and cooperate with the sports medicine staff regarding prevention of injuries, rehabilitation and the players' health.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Sailing, order and care for and inventory all equipment.
  • File eligibility and Rollins/ICSA/SAISA forms in a timely fashion.
  • Serve as a good role model for the student-athletes and as a representative of the college.
  • Promote the sailing program and its participants through the media, speaking engagements, Anchor Club functions, high school coaches and programs like Alumni Weekend and an alumni competition.
  • Work closely with Rollins alumni and Anchor Club including attendance at all Anchor Club functions.
  • Serve in any capacity as called upon by the A.D. such as participating in department functions/meetings, game management, hospitality room management, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree is required; master’s degree preferred.
  • Three to five years of collegiate racing experience (as athlete/coach) is preferred
  • Boater Safety Certificate. 
  • A proven record of integrity, moral principle and demonstrated skill in developing a motivating student-athletes academically and athletically. 
  • A valid driver’s license. 
  • Level 3 US Sailing Coach Certification (or equivalent)
  • Significant knowledge of intercollegiate sailing.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work effectively in the environment of an academically demanding liberal arts institution and abide by all NCAA Division II, ICSA, SAISA and institutional policies. 
  • Must be knowledgeable and follow the institution’s sports medicine guidelines. 
  • Must be able to maintain open communication with the athletic trainer and team physician and protect the safety and well-being of their athletes through proper conditioning, skills training and game conduct.
  • Must be currently certified in CPR, AED and first aid as required by Rollins Athletics.
  • Must be able to work in a very fast paced and high-energy work environment.
  • Must be able to work many nights and weekends during the sport seasons.
  • Must be flexible to changing schedule needs associated with sharing practice facilities.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please submit an application and upload the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of 3 References

Screening of applications will begin immediately.

Rollins offers a generous benefits package featuring comprehensive health insurance coverage, generous paid time off, retirement savings plan with generous employer contribution, full tuition waiver after one year for employees, spouses, domestic partners and dependents.

Our Values:


Rollins seeks to foster and to model a campus environment that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive to all of our administrators, faculty, staff, and students. We view differences (e.g. nationality, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, physical ability, learning styles, perspectives, etc.) not as obstacles to be overcome but as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth.

Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are therefore encouraged to apply. Rollins does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law, in its educational programs and activities. 

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